I hope every one had a productive 2010. I wanted to take a minute to recap 2010. As most of you are aware we had a very interesting 2010 with so many close calls. As it turns out we had the third most active hurricane season on record with a record number of very serious storms narrowly missing the US. In addition to these severe hurricanes, we also had the makings of some very serious Ice Storms which ended up becoming mainly snow and sleet events. Many of these Ice Storms produced a lot of accumulation but were just short of causing very serious damage and power outages. For many of you who are new to disaster response it can prove very difficult to predict the correct level of preparedness, as you can see from what happen in 2010. For many first response companies you can end up spending a lot of time money and effort to respond to disasters that don’t come. The irony of working in disaster response though is that you can have a year like 2010 where very few disasters produce major damage only to be followed by a year were you have three major hurricanes all making landfall and producing major damage. It is for that reason that the disaster contractor can never let his guard down and always must keep his personnel in a state of readiness. For many contractors this can be very hard as you have to find some way to keep your people busy and productive between disaster while continuing to be ready to drop everything and respond. This has always proven to be a delicate balance for the serious disaster response company. For those that succeed though it can be very rewarding.
On another note I would like to mention the serious snow storms we had this year. These storms do not produce the types of damage that you typically see with a major disaster such as structural, and tree damage along with power outages. These storms however can be very debilitating to cities and business who in some instances cause an entire economy to come to a standstill. We call these type of events a economic disaster and for that reason cities and municipalities will work very hard to protect and mitigate against these types of disasters also. We saw some very serious snow storms this year with record amounts of snow and very low temperatures. Thankfully we did not have the loss of power in many of these storms. Many people were stranded in areas and schools, businesses and travel had to be suspended. I wanted to talk about this for a moment because many of our northern contractors will participate in this type of recovery work during winter months when their typical line of work has slowed down. For us in the south we typically do not have a opportunity to perform these type of recovery projects. For that reason I was very surprised when our phone rang one very cold night here in Atlanta. It was the City of Atlanta asking how LMGC could assist in getting the city moving again. I’m not saying we don’t ever get snow here but it tends to be rare and of small amounts not typically accumulating. This year was a lot different we ended up working with the city for 6 solid days. I know many of you are probably aware of the serious issues the city had from reports on CNN. We had to really go to work to facilitate this operation as most equipment in the state was being used in cities, counties and dot departments across the state. However we were able to round up the needed DCN contractors and organize the appropriate response after several hundred phone calls. In spite of many of the problems the city encountered with some of their less experienced contractors we received a letter of appreciation from the City of Atlanta which our company was very proud of since we are not called on to remove snow very often.
Lastly I want to thank all of the DCN contractors who assist us in these recovery operations and thank you for following my blog and I hope it is helpful and informative. I know for many of you 2010 was not especially busy. I hope the economy hasn’t been overwhelming financially and that everyone is prepared and ready if we have a very different 2011 disaster season.